MINISTRIES & ORGANIZATIONS

Building a Family of Faith in Jesus Christ

through Catholic Worship, Education & Charity

COVID may impact** meetings, events & schedules
Please contact the group's leader for up-to-date information.**

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Altar Servers

Students in grades 5 and up are trained to assist the priest during Mass, weddings, funerals and other liturgical services.  Serving at the altar gives young people an opportunity to become involved in sacred liturgy, serve the parish and consider religious vocations. 

Contact: Fr. Jonathan Rice
 

 

Altar Society & Church Care

The Altar Society is a group of dedicated parishioners who assist in the care of the altar linens and albs and beautify the sanctuary area. Church care work to keep the church clean and beautiful.

Contact: Monica Grzeczkowski

 

Extraordinary Ministers

Men and women who assist in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass

as well as to our parish members who

are home bound.  In addition, prayer services are conducted at nursing homes within the parish. Training provided.

Contact: Joanne Hinkle

 

 

Music Ministry

The music ministry includes the adult and youth choirs, guitar group, cantors and organists.  Music ministers support the congregation in song during worship, thereby opening up to the Church's rich musical heritage.

Music Director: Ralph Purri

Children's Choir: Denise Rose

Lectors 

Lectors are lay volunteers who proclaim the Liturgy of the Word and the Prayer of the Faithful during the Mass. Two Lectors are needed for each Mass. Lectors play a vital role in the celebration of the Liturgy.

Sacristans 

Assist with Masses & Church Services.

Contact: Joe Boyle

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

A lay ministry whereby each of us, as scheduled adorers, spends a quiet holy

hour in prayer. Eucharistic presence weekly.  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is usually scheduled seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. Visit our chapel for personal prayer. To learn more about adorer sign-up hours, contact:

Contact: Shelly Zeller

 

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Children in K to 2nd are welcome to attend CLOW during the 9:30 AM Mass each week. Seasoned and new parents are urged to share the Gospel with our children in the chapel during the Gospel reading. Minimal commitment and training is offered.

Contact: Courtney Saleski

Little Church School

A class for children ages 3 to 5 years old, teaches about Jesus through stories, songs, games, crafts, and prayer. It is held in the Gathering Room each Sunday during school year during the 9:30 AM Mass. Volunteers are welcome. Registration is required. For more:

Contact: Anne Fenerty

Marriage Encounter

Marriage Encounter is designed to

give married couples the opportunity

to examine their lives together. Our emphasis is on communication between husband and wife, who spend a weekend together away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life to concentrate on each other. 

Contact: Dennis & Lorraine Kinslow

Marriage Prep (Pre-Cana)

A Pre-Cana team, composed of couples married for at least five years, presents a series of talks to engaged couples on a Saturday in the spring.  It covers the areas

of communication, intimacy, adjustments, customs and traditions and spirituality.

The engaged couples receive a certificate, which is required by the Archdiocese in order to be married.  

Contact: Marriage Prep

Walking With Purpose

Our mission is to help every Catholic woman and girl in America encounter Jesus Christ through our Bible study programs.

We help women and girls to know Jesus Christ personally by making Scripture 

and the teachings of the Catholic Church 

relevant and applicable. Visit our SMM page

Contact: WWP at SMM

 

Society St. Vincent dePaul

We provide food, shelter and other assistance to our area neighbors who are facing an unexpected crisis. We do this through the generosity of our parishioners and benefactors. We meet with people in the dignity of their own homes, where we listen to them, pray together and show them love and respect. Learn more at:

svdp-phila.info

Contact: Paul Feuerstein

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Parish Religious Education Program

Our goal is to help your child reach Jesus: to know that they are loved and valued by Christ. Religious education classes are provided for our youth, emphasizing the love of God, community, and our Catholic heritage. Classes are held Wednesday afternoon, September to May. Registration is required each Fall.

For More, Visit: PREP Home

RCIA • Adult Faith Formation

Interested in becoming a Catholic? 

RCIA is a Rite, which welcomes both children and adults seeking deeper understanding and/or full communion into the Roman Catholic faith. The main purpose is to assist prospective Catholics in their journey to become active members of the church community.  Visit: RCIA

Legion of Mary

We meet on Sunday at 11 AM in the Gathering Room. We pray and work to support the underserved. We offer prison visits, pray the Rosary, visit hospitals, and offer our ‘Home to Home’ program with our traveling Blessed Mother statue. All are welcome anytime!

For More, Visit: James Fawcett

Healing Ministry

A group of lay volunteers that minister to the homebound, sick, elderly, bereaved, nursing home, and suffering parish members. Our volunteers visit and offer comfort in the form of kindness, prayer, and the Eucharist. To help or report a parishioner in need:

Visit: Healing Ministry

H.O.P.E. Ministry

Helping Other People Everyday (HOPE) is a ministry that works alongside our SMM Healing Ministry. We bring meals to any parishioners experiencing difficult times. We encourage all parishioners to be part of a HOPE meal team and help out about every 10 weeks. 

Contact: Kelly Hassey

SMM Food Pantry

One simple way to make a big difference! Our collection of non-perishable food and cleaning items is a year-round ministry for area families in need. The items donated are collected in the church's Narthex. Drop items in the bins.  Volunteers are always welcomed.

Contact: Sue Fromhold

Catholic Youth Organization

A comprehensive youth ministry enables partnerships between parents, coaches, priests, religious, and adult leaders to engage youth in sports while growing in their relationship with God and come to a better understanding of themselves, others, and their faith.

For More, Visit: CYO Ministry

Social Club (Seniors Group) 

The St. Mary Magdalen Social Club holds meetings monthly. Our group provides social interaction for men and women in our parish at least 55 years of age. They sponsor trips and programs of interest to seniors, but all are welcome. See current SMM Bulletin for trips, events, and meetings.

Contact: Paul Berenato

Bethesda Project

Believing that we are responsible to each other, our mission is to find and care for the poor with no family. Our volunteers help Bethesda Project provides shelter, food, and housing to chronically homeless men and women. We provide casserole to Connolly House.

Click for easy casserole recipes!

Contact: Joanne Hinkle

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is an organization of men dedicated to service for the Church and Society. The St. Mary Magdalen Council (#14982) was formed on March 12, 2010. The Knights have four core principals: Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. For more, visit smmknights.org

Contact: Larry Danoto

Interfaith Hospitality Network

The Mission of DCIHN is to provide children and families facing homelessness temporary shelter and case management services to regain stability. Our network of volunteers and host churches, including SMM, assist with serving families in need.

To assist or learn more, visit: dcihn.org

Contact: Sue Fromhold

 

That Man is You

A Paradisus Dei program addresses the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, especially those relating to their roles as husbands and fathers. The program harmonizes current social pressures with the teachings of the Church and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive! Join anytime. Learn more at: TMIY.org

Contact: John Gill

MINISTRIES & SERVICES DIRECTORY

Above are only some of our many active groups, clubs, faith enrichment and ministry programs offered

at St. Mary Magdalen. Download a current Bulletin; visit our online Calendar; or click on our Event page to see more about upcoming classes and events. Click the link below for the Directory of Ministries, Services and Clubs currently offered at SMM.

Click link below for additional directory of our Ministries, Clubs and Organizations.

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